Solar industry seeking US/China trade war?October 25, 2011
That is the fear of some observers. Read Bill Opalka’s report at RenewablesBiz.com. And, be sure to read the two (as of this posting) very thoughtful comments. The first points out the self-defeating aspect of government trade intervention – the flood of Chinese made solar panels has driven the price of solar generated electricity down, but it is still not competitive with fossil fuels. Imposing tariffs will only move solar further from the goal of parity. The second is a good argument for a focus on the primary use of solar as distributed, micro-power, rather than for centralized, large scale utilities.